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Warning Letters for Methylisothiazolinone – Should We Worry?

July 17, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

In June 2018, changes were posted regarding the Canada Cosmetics Hotlist.


Specifically, the ingredient Methylisothiazolinone has rattled some cages. Companies that previously notified about products containing this ingredient may have received a letter indicating that these products are suddenly “out of compliance.”


Below are action steps and best practices if you receive a warning letter. Text from such a warning letter is included at the bottom of this article.


If you received a letter you need to know that:

It’s up to you to... Continue reading
Tags: Health Canada methylisothiazolinone Canada Cosmetics Hot List

Regulations at Work: 5 Business Benefits from Brazilian Biodiversity

July 15, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

Some companies balk at Brazil’s Biodiversity Law. But there’s another perspective.


According to Harvard Business Review, an emotional connection matters more than customer satisfaction. Emotional motivators for consumers include the desire to: stand out from the crowd, have confidence in the future, protect the environment, and be the (good) person they want to be.... Continue reading

Tags: biodiversity brazilian Biodiversity cosmetic regulations

Hawaii: First US State to Ban Sunscreen with Oxybenzone or Octinoxate

July 10, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

Companies now have 4 years to update sunscreen formulations if selling into Hawaiian market.


On July 3rd, 2018 Hawaiian Governor David Ige signed SB 2571, Act 104 that prohibits the sale, offer of sale, and distribution of sunscreens that contain the chemicals oxybenzone or octinoxate in Hawaii beginning January 1, 2021.

The law attempts to preserve marine ecosystems. Thousands of tons of sunscreen washes off human bathers into bodies of water every year.


If chemicals in sunscreen pos... Continue reading

Tags: ingredient compliance sunscreens oxybenzone octinoxate cosmetic ingredients

3 New Substances of Concern REACH the Cosmetics Industry

June 28, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

Importers and exporters to and from the European Union (EU) will want to know that the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added ten new substances of very high concern (or SVHCs) to the Candidate List under the REACH Regulation.


Of these ten newly-listed substances, three are of particular interest to cosmetic companies:


Octamethylcycloetrasiloxane, CAS # 556-67-2 is used, for example, in cosmetics as an antistatic, emollient, viscosity manager, humectant, solvent, and hair conditioner. Notably, it’s also found in topical pharmaceutical formulations and in breast implants. Manufacturers and distributors... Continue reading
Tags: regulatory news REACH cosmetics industry cosmetics compliance

Cosmoprof North America, July 2018: What To Expect

June 28, 2018
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Category: Events

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is coming up in a few short weeks. CPNA is a do-not-miss beauty industry event held annually in the Americas, and it's growing. Held annually at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, over 36,000 attendees are expected this July 29th through 31th, with nearly 1300 exhibitors from 45 countries.


CPNA has become recognized as a key networking opportunity and an important launching pad for new beauty brands and products.


Launching new beauty products and brands has been on industry's mind lately.

<... Continue reading
Tags: Cosmoprof NA Cosmoprof 2018 what to expect at cosmoprof 2018 cosmetic compliance Las Vegas

Canada Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist June 2018 Changes

June 21, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

For products introduced into Canada, the manufacturer and importer must notify Health Canada that it is selling the product and provide a list of the product's ingredients. Sometimes, if you've followed compliance rules in that regard, you receive a warning letter out of the blue following a regulatory change. This could be the case this week. 


Canadian Hotlist -- New Chemical Ingredients Amendments and New Items Added as of June 2018  
Methylisothiazolinone (MI): amended in order to add a new condition for MI, as a prohibited substance in leave-on cosmetic products and reduce the maximum allowed concentration in rinse-off products to 0.0015% due to the risk o... Continue reading
Tags: regulations global canada list update

REACH Compliance After Brexit

June 20, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

Currently, before Brexit, the UK chemical industry represents about 7% of total (EU-28-states) sales in the European Union.


In 2016, imports from the UK to the rest of the EU (EU-27) totaled 19.3 billion EUR, or about 22.3 billion USD. This represents some heavy traffic.


If Brexit occurs, suddenly all that traffic will require regulatory compliance documentation.

And that’s just for the raw materials.


After Brexit:


Here are three things to know to manage risk associated with Brexit:

First: The... Continue reading

Tags: REACH compliance Brexit EU REACH UK cosmetic compliance

Lacey Act Compliance for Personal Care and Cosmetics

June 18, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

Because of ubiquitous natural ingredients, skin care and cosmetics companies importing into or exporting from the United States are encountering a "sleeper hit" regulatory hurdle known as the Lacey Act.


Global skin care sales to exceed US 1 billion

Global sales for skin care are expected to exceed US1 billion in 2019, according to one source, Euromonitor. Not surprisingly, China, Indonesia and India will continue to be critical high-growth markets.


As markets swell in... Continue reading

Tags: how to comply with the lacey act lacey act cosmetic ingredient compliance ingredient regulations compliance risk

Brazil’s Biodiversity Has Begun with a Bang

June 13, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News
A newly released guidebook sheds light on what’s known as the Brazilian Biodiversity Law. The guidebook comes from the Brazilian Association of the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Industry (ABIHPEC).

Companies need to know

Since 2001, ABIHPEC has been working to develop a new Regulatory Framework that promotes the sustainable use of the Brazilian Biodiversity. The Framework has echoes of The Lacey Act in the U.S., but goes much farther.

The Regulatory Framework requires registration, reporting and even “giving back” up to 1% of net revenues when a product, gleaned from Braz... Continue reading

Tags: Biodiversity cosmetic regulations cosmetic ingredient compliance Brazil regulations Brazil biodiversity legislation

Beauty in Barcelona: October Compliance Summit 2018

June 01, 2018
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Category: Events

In Europe, October 9-10, the HPCI Cosmetic Business Regulatory Summit is the place to be to understand the challenges and find solutions to growth in today’s complex global regulatory landscape.


This year’s agenda is designed so attendees will learn not only how to organize compliance complexities but also how to turn them into strategic business advantage. This summit is critical for business people affected by compliance issues. Past attendees include L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, and BASF... Continue reading

Tags: Cosmetic Business regulatory summit cosmetic compliance cosmetic industry events changing regulations HPCI

Visit Ithos Global at Booth 1072 to learn how to Streamline your New Product Introduction Process

May 14, 2018
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Category: Events


Too often new product initiatives experience delays and unexpected costs occur due to difficulties in collecting, organizing, sharing and accessing up-to-date regulatory, raw material, and supplier information. Streamlined processes in new product introduction process and centralized content are necessary to ensure compliance and avoid costly delays and business risks. 


Join our CEO Ken Bubeck at his presentation at NYSCC's "Digital Age of Beauty" on May 15th in NYC. This presentation will go over the strategic approach for improving... Continue reading

Tags: NYSCC Regulatory compliance New product development regulatory software compliance systems

Hawaii Becomes the First State to Ban Harmful Sunscreen Chemicals

May 04, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News
Yet Another Driver for Cosmetic and Personal Care Manufacturers to Implement Chemical Ingredient Screening Solutions

On Tuesday, Hawaii state lawmakers passed a bill to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals that are known to be toxic to the ocean’s coral reefs and marine life. The bill is off to the Governor’s desk and if signed, would go into effect on January 1, 2021.


According to a study published in the 2015 Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, chemical ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are destroying the oceans by b... Continue reading

Tags: compliance hawaii regulatory legislation cosmetic regulatory compliance chemicals restricted chemicals

New Product Introductions and Cosmetics Regulatory Compliance

April 02, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

April 2, 2018

Here at Ithos Global, we recently surveyed companies to find out what problems they are or aren't having regarding product regulatory compliance and the New Product Introduction or NPI process.

The biggest challenge among companies surveyed was a lack of central repository. It’s a hard road when there’s no central, single-instance place to store compliance and regulatory data and documents. A full 75% of respondents listed this as a big problem.

So,... Continue reading

Tags: new product introductions streamlined compliance new product launches cosmetic npi process document management cross functional collaboration visibility

Hello Halal: Now in Cosmetics

February 22, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

February 22, 2018

This year, Cosmoprof North America has announced its intent to feature a more global, more multicultural flair than ever before.

When business-minded people hear “multicultural flair” – all minds turn to booming markets, exotic ingredients and – uh-oh -- import / export reporting along with regional governance, standards and certification requirements.

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Tags: Cosmoprof North America Halal Animal Products Halal Certification Halal Certification cosmetic ingredients ingredient compliance

How to Comply: Claims for Essential Oils

January 11, 2018
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Category: Regulatory News

January 2018
Fragrance products, such as essential oils, are often marketed with “aromatherapy” claims. Claims abound that an essential oil will treat health problems such as relieving a cold or healing a skin abrasion, bring about relaxation, or improve health, energy levels and well-being. How are essential oil claims regulated?

Aromatherapy products are regulated based primarily on intended use.

The Food and Drug Administration determines a product’s intended use based on factors such as:

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Tags: Cosmetic Compliance Ingredient Compliance Regulatory Compliance Essential Oils Aromatherapy Advertising Claims Fragrance Products

Italy Bans Microbeads

December 08, 2017
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Category: Regulatory News
Italy Bans Microbeads

In New Zealand, government regulations banning microbeads are in effect as of June 7, 2018. The United Kingdom has already launched bans on microbeads too.


Italy, too, has notified the European Commission (EC) that it plans to ban the production and marketing of rinse-off cosmetics products containing microplastics. The ban will be enforced from 1st of... Continue reading

Tags: microbeads cosmetic regulations cosmetic ingredients regulatory consultant advice cosmetic compliance

The Business Case for Halal Cosmetics

October 20, 2017
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Category: Regulatory News

About a quarter of the world’s population (over 24%) is Muslim. They purchase products that align with Muslim values.

Those products are known as halal products, and they meet exacting criteria.

1 billion strong, and growing

By far the most Muslims (... Continue reading

Tags: Halal Cosmetics Halal Cosmetics Organic Natural ingredient compliance

Ithos Updates Solutions and Adds New Capabilities

September 04, 2017
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Category: Cosmetic Products

We've listened to our customers and by giving them more of what they need, we have been able to improve our solutions for everyone.

The new solutions pertain to the different needs for each company and can be added on to as companies expand. Each solution is part of the Ithos Information Network (IIN), and is customized to the needs of each client. 


Compliance Solutions:
Regulatory Screening - Search global regulatory content and screen ingredients against multiple jurisdictional rules to remain c... Continue reading
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Ithos invites you to attend the 2017 Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit

August 24, 2017
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Category: Events

Ithos is proud to be the sponsor of the 2017 Cosmetics Business Regulatory Summit.


Date: 17-18th October

Location: Barcelona, Spain.


This event will provide valuable knowledge on some key aspects of regulatory compliance which are vital for any company and product developer to be aware of. 


It brings together the leading figures in regulatory compliance for a two-day annual meet, providing an opportunity for different areas of these industries to share and discuss their views and opinions in order to maximize best practice for the future.


Our CEO, Ken Bubeck will present on the topic "strategic regulatory compliance" that provides best pr... Continue reading

Tags: Cosmetic events compliance events regulatory compliance cosmetic business regulatory summit.

Exclusive offer to Indie Beauty Participants - Receive 50% off your first On-Demand Service

August 23, 2017
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Category: Events

Ithos Global recognizes the growth impact that exhibiting at Indie Beauty can have on a Brand. With buyers, influencers, press and direct consumers in attendance, there is mass exposure to a Brand that can spike their company success. With growth comes more products and additional expansion - needed to be done right, the first time.



That is why Ithos would like to offer 50% off of one On-Demand Regulatory Service. Our goal is to reduce the time and resources that companies spend to generate compliance reports and check the regulatory stance of their ingredients, in order for them to successfully launch products and expand into new jurisdictions.



For many of the... Continue reading

Tags: Regulatory compliance INDIE Beauty Cosmetics Events Cosmetic Compliance Compliance Reporting

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